A 19-year-old female asked:

What does it mean if your 'celebrity worship' is 'borderline pathological' please? is it basically an unhealthy obsession?

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Dr. Robert Sterling
A Verified Doctoranswered
47 years experience
Why Be A Gawker????: Most people (including professionals) consider any obsession that isn't directed constructively (like art or some goal-oriented work, etc) as in the realm of escape or projection or some other non-constructive and potentially harmful proclivity.It makes them wonder what's the underlying motivation that you may not be able to recognize yourself.Just be honest with yourself What do you really value?
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Dr. Eric Weisman
Neurology 38 years experience
Its not unhealthy: to admire a celebrity, unless of course doing so interferes with work, school, family relationships or relationships with peers. For it to rise to the level of pathology, from a psychiatric point of view it has to interfere with normalcy for a period of at least 6 months. (On the other hand if your admiration is directed towards a certain behavioral neurologist on Healthtap its perfectly normal.)
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 27 years experience
LOL !!!
Dec 28, 2014

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